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Smile

Daisies (and fields of wildflowers) always make me smile.  (Taken in Maine, June 2017.)

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

~ Joseph Addison

I walked the paths of this field of wildflowers with a big smile on my face. (June 2017)

This post is in response to Susannah Conway’s April Love 2018 prompt for today:  Smile.  It took me a while to figure out which way to go with this one.  I have plenty of photographs of smiles, but they involve family members who don’t want to be on the blog (or whose parents don’t want them on the blog).  I seriously considered cropping down to the smiles to present a collection of smiles without giving away the faces.  That turned out to be really weird.

That left me with a couple of options, one of them being things that make me smile.  The list is so long that I couldn’t possibly show them all to you.  Plus, the list includes a lot of the people who don’t want to be on the blog.  A double dilemma.  🙂

Another option.

And then there is the selfie option.  I was out in the woods this morning, enjoying the songs of the birds and the wind, my hair blowing around like crazy, when I took this photo.  I am, of course, hiding behind a double exposure in which I combined the image of the wildflowers (“I walked the paths…”) and the selfie I took this morning.

Coming out from behind the double exposure.

Just one smile
Immensely increases the beauty
Of the universe.

~ Sri Chinmoy

I am not sure my smile immensely increases the beauty of the universe, but it is one smile.  A genuine smile brought on by a walk in the woods and a dance with the blustery wind.  Blustery days are another one of those things that often makes me smile (especially if, like today, it’s neither too cold nor too hot outside).

What are some of the things that make you smile?

As long as I’m showing you things that make me smile, here’s another of the bazillion photos I took of the lupines while I was in Bremen, Maine last year.

A few of the 10,000 things that make me happy:  616)  Smiles, of course!  617)  Listening to the interaction and weaving of the spring birdsong and the wind.  618)  Daisies and other wildflowers.  619)  Walks in the woods.  620)  Notes from friends.

P.S.  Looks like WP Photo Challenge this week is also Smile.

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

33 thoughts on “Smile

    1. Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 That sounds like a wonderful dream to me. I’ve always thought they look like they’re giggling when a breeze comes along and tickles them into dancing.

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  1. Well, for starters, you just made me smile. My furry girl, Shasta, makes me smile with her excitement if I’ve left her home alone and then return, or suggest we go for a walk, or a car ride. The antics of the little wild critters outside – squirrels, tree and ground varieties, chipmunks, jackrabbit, birds, occasionally deer, that appear outside my window make me smile. The song and beauty of the birds makes me smile. Someone else doing the spring cleanup in my yard makes me smile.

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  2. This is lovely. Each new flower popping up, especially at this time of year, makes me smile. My dogs make me smile, when they are ‘talking’ to me to tell me they must go out to chase that squirrel right now. Like you, my family makes me smile. And the sun, and the sky, and the birds. The woodpecker always makes me smile.

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  3. I’ve always considered the daisy as a smiley flower. And you’ve just confirmed it, haven’t you? Lovely to see YOUR smiling face here as well.
    So many things make me smile, I’d also end up with a huge list. And yet, I am smiling as I type this to you because you’ve made me smile today 🙂

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